Change is what happens to us by force or by circumstances or with desperate effort by one person or a group of people. Transformation, on the other hand, is by passion or with a willing attitude or willful act with self-interest, to work on ourselves to become what we have to become progressively.
Change can be small and incremental, or it can be large and complex. It is something that needs to be constantly monitored and maintained. It is about using external influences to modify actions to achieve desired results. Change requires becoming familiar with the current situation, and working to make things better, faster, cheaper, or some other “er” word. The past is the fundamental reference point and actions are intended to alter what already happened. The success of a change initiative is judged by efficiencies and economies that are realized at the end of our effort, compared with when you started. When you choose CHANGE, your future is really a reconditioned or improved version of the past.
Transformation is almost always large and significant. Change may not last forever as it keeps evolving or devolving, whereas transformation is a dimensional shift .It is an internal fundamental change in your beliefs of why you perform certain actions. Transformation does not require any external influence to maintain, and because of its fundamental nature, transformation is more likely permanent.
TRANSFORMATION is an assertion that our actions today create our future tomorrow. In transformation, you design your future and invent ways to bring it about; and birth a future that is entirely new. A butterfly is a transformation, not a better caterpillar.
In CHANGE mode, the desire to improve the past directs what we do. The past sets boundaries and constrains possibilities. CHANGE makes the system better. In TRANSFORMATION mode, the future directs your actions and only the limits of imagination and courage constrain possibilities. TRANSFORMATION causes new systems to emerge.